With winemaking in his family blood, Vito Lauria decided to attend the University of Udine in Friuli where he obtained a degree in Enology in 2003. After stepping off the campus he worked at a number of wineries in northern Italy for a few years before returning to Sicily in 2005. Vito came home to open the old family winery in Alcamo, 30 miles west of Palermo.
The organically-produced Alacre is a blend of the indigenous Nero d'Avola grape along with Syrah. Alacre is full of dark, soft black fruit, hints of earth with a spicy, peppery finish. $25.99
We love everyting from Washington State vintner Owen Roe and the Ex Umbris Syrah is no exception! The label may be non-descript, but the wine is anything but.
"The 2012 Ex Umbris is a great expression of the bold fruit flavors from that year. Bursting with aromas of red plum, blueberry and pink peppercorn. The palate is filled with refreshing flavors of fresh summer blackberries, currant, and dark chocolate with noticibly structured acidity and silky tannins." $28.00
Laws Whiskey House is a Denver-based distillery producing authentic, local bourbon; no shortcuts and no compromises.
A four grain Bourbon must follow all the rules of a Bourbon, but it contains all three typical flavor grains that accentuate the corn base: barley, wheat and rye. To achieve such an uncommon expression of bourbon takes skill. These four "American mother grains" are painstakingly combined in exacting ratio in our cooker coming together to create a highly complex and flavorful whiskey. The results showcase the flavor of each grain without compromising balance.
This exquisite bourbon offers aromas of sweet corn, spicy rye, and chilis. Flavors of caramel and vanilla transition to rye and tobacco on the finish. $68.00
The grapes for this red blend are 100% Colorado grown! BookCliff Vineyards is located in the Vinelands, a region east of Palisade, Colorado, where grapes were grown at the turn of the century. Situated just West of DeBeque Canyon, across from the Colorado River and underneath the BookCliff escarpment, our vineyards benefit from evening winds that prevent frost and provide moderate growing temperatures.
Friday's Folly Red Blend is a medium bodied red with tastes of raspberries up front turning into blackberries in the smooth finish of light tannins. Have a pizza and share with friends. Varietal: Red blend Appellation: Grand Valley Production: 600 cases
The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company was started to share barrels of rare and delicious whiskey, hidden away and nearly forgotten in the back of rickhouses and distilleries.
Stories of these lost whiskeys have become the stuff of legend. The goal is to bottle these rare, small offerings for the world to try.
Every Orphan Barrel is hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee, to ensure that these rare whiskeys are treated with the care they deserve – because some of them will only be available once. And once they're gone, they're gone forever.
Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon:
Twenty years in American Oak will make your average spirit a bit mellow. Take all the fight out. Well this here is no ordinary spirit, and twenty years is long enough to pick up a trick or two. For one barrel in particular, it was long enough to develop the gift of a silver tongue. The old rickhouse hands had it written off as a rumor. A character so smooth, it could clean out the card sharps and take the shirt off a travelling salesman's back.
But the rumors were true. And when the chips are in, a smooth operator can be mighty persuasive indeed. One sip of Barterhouse Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and you just might find yourself forgiving Robert Johnson for trading his soul to the very devil himself.
Tasting notes include warm biscuits and buttercream, with spice and brown sugar in the finish.
"Domaine de Saint-Lannes spreads across the sprawling slopes so typical of the region. The surface under vine is 49 hectares with a clay and limestone soil which is an ideal site for the white grape varieties grown there. The south facing slopes ensure early ripening as well as perfect drainage. The continental climate, hot summers and cold winters, is beneficial for the healthy development of the vegetative cycle of the vines. The average age of the vines is 27 years.
Pale yellow with silvery glints and a youthful rim. Vibrant aromas of lively citrus and exotic fruit on the nose give way to a fresh, nicely balanced palate and long finish that is clean and aromatic."
This Cotes de Gascogne makes for a refreshing aperitif, or pairs well with salads, goat's cheese, charcuterie, fois gras, and delicate white fish.
"Domaine du Salvard has been a working domaine since 1898, through five hardworking generations of the Delaille family. Today, all forty-two hectares of vineyards are farmed by the capable brother team of Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille, with help from their father Gilbert.
The Brothers Delaille must have chosen "Unique" because of its incredible taste and ridiculously low price. Clean, bright, and zesty, this little vin de pays is your perfect solution to just about everything you can possibly imagine." $16.99
"The wines of Gachot-Monot represent some of the best values in the Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant portfolio – not because they are the least expensive, but because they offer an outstanding price-to-quality ratio. Damien Gachot may work the vineyards of the lesser known Côtes de Nuits Villages appellation, but he works his vines as if they were premier cru fruit from Nuits-Saint-Georges. This fifth-generation vigneron and his Danish wife, Lise, farm twelve hectares in the village of Corgoloin, in between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune.
To get to the nitty gritty: you get a lot of Burgundian style, class, depth, and complexity for a great price."
"The lost hamlet of Blagny, up in the hills between Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault in the Côte d'Or in Burgundy, is home to Domaine Comtesse Bernard de Chérisey. You may have heard the name "Blagny" before, attached to a bottle of premier cru Meursault-Blagny, or perhaps even a bottle of the increasingly rare Blagny rouge. Monks were the first inhabitants, planting vines in the 14th century. This almost magical, lost-in-time corner of the world boasts a unique microclimate, with a slightly different average temperature, exposition and soil than the rest of Burgundy.
The de Chérisey Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru La Genelotte is from a vineyard just north of Blagny, on the Meursault side of course, high on the slope above the village. The wine is a powerful, classic, long-lived Meursault. The Genelotte vineyard is also a monopole meaning Laurent and Hélène are sole proprietors.
This has a lot of flesh for a Blagny, and a character more rustic than the Puligny's, as usual. And oh, those stones! You can taste and feel them."
"Régis Bouvier in Marsannay achieves a rare hat trick in Burgundy, the mastering of all three colors–red, white and rosé, through reasonable yields and high quality terroirs. Bouvier makes the best Burgundian rosé that we have ever tasted, his whites are delicious, with their own particular character completely unlike other Chardonnays from Burgundy, and his reds are his crowning achievement, managing to be wild and exciting while refined and elegant at the same time.
Profound aromas of spice, pepper, smoke, and small red fruits galore leap out of the glass. Deep, bold, and masculine, this wine will reward those who choose to cellar it for a few years."